Today’s Goddess, Lalita.
Lalita is one form of a triple Hindu Goddess, “Tripura Sundari,“ translated to “Beautiful Goddess of the three cities” Lalita is referred to as “she who plays.” Lalita is also a form of Parvati. She is also called, The Red Goddess. Yeah the Hindu pantheon structure can be mighty confusing! There is actually a hymm, “The Thousand Names of Lalita!” It goes on for about an hour!
Lalita is always pictured as a 16 year old girl. Eternally youthful, she creates and destroys through play. She is said to have “The determination of Kali and the charm of Durga.” Lalita is pictured holding a sugar cane bow (the intellect) and 5 arrows (the five senses), a noose (binding attachments) and a goad (cattle prod, representing anger or repulsion). “If we forget her, she binds us and pierces us; if we take refuge in her she frees us from their torment by bringing transcendental awareness and liberating the mind from its attachment to desire.”
“Contemplation: My joy can be seen as a celebration of the goddess and feminine power, and my laughter a sacred song of praise.”
She goes well with the concept of mindfulness. When we don’t pay attention we fall out of balance.
The yantra of Lalita is the Shri Yantra, the physical manifestation of , “Om.”
If you have time you can listen to the thousand names of Lalita here below: